The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the cause of his death, according to Chicago Park District officials.
We are saddened to share that today Monty passed away unexpectedly.— Chicago Piping Plovers (@ChicagoPiping) May 13, 2022
We will share more as we learn more.
He returned to Montrose Beach in April, leaving everyone wondering where his feathered lady friend, Rose, was.
The lovebirds became famous in 2019 when they were spotted at Montrose Beach on Chicago's North Side.
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Monty flew in from Texas. He was at his usual summer nesting spot at Montrose, where he arrived three years ago.
We are shocked and saddened to report that Monty the Piping Plover is no longer with us. We do not know as of yet what happened, but he is currently being evaluated by professionals. Further information will be shared as it becomes available. https://t.co/kJ6xlSHh8j— Chicago Ornithological Society (@chicago_birder) May 13, 2022
Birders were waiting for Rose to arrive in Chicago from Florida.